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Ikat Sarong, East Flores

Item: Ikat sarong, Adonara, E. Flores

Size: 48 x 51 in (123 x 130 cm), 510 g

Provenance: Adonara, E. Flores, Indonesia; mid 20th Century

Method: Hand spun and hand woven cotton, commercial and natural dyes, warp ikat. The dominant, natural colors are red from Mirinda citrifolia and blue from indigo


This is a cloth made from two mirroring panels joined together along the edges and then joined to form a tube garment. The main color is a brown which is morinda red overdyed with indigo. The dominant ikat figures are in ecru (cotton color). Both panels have one larger ikat design band with a smaller one on either side. There are many narrow stripes of ikat in natural colors accented with borders of brightly colored synthetic dyed thread. The contrast of the soft quality of the natural dyes accented with the bands of brightly colored thread, with the subtlety of the ikat, make this a visually striking textile.


This is not used as daily dress, but as part of bridewealth exchange, given in marriage by the bride-givers as a counterpart to the groom’s gifts of elephant tusks, weapons and bronze moko drum. It is also appropriate dress for special occasions. Its the handspun cotton and natural dyes that have an ideological value, as bridewealth textiles must be an indigenous product, woven from locally grown, handspun cotton and dyed with plant dyes locally procured. (R. Hamilton, 1994).


Excellent condition

Item code: txtl1001 - price $625.00